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$1500 gaming rig - Please review

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September 13, 2012 8:11:12 AM

This is my first time ever trying to make my own computer and i plan to overclock and buy a second gtx 670 eventually.
I plan to sub out the CPU cooler for the thermaltec hc-02 macho and im willing to change from ASUS, it just ended up like that


Here is my planned rig so far:

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/hjOi


CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($215.99 @ NCIX US)

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($27.99 @ NCIX US)

Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V PRO ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($189.99 @ NCIX US)

Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($41.99 @ Newegg)

Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($94.99 @ NCIX US)

Storage: Intel 520 Series Cherryville 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($129.00 @ B&H)

Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($419.99 @ NCIX US)

Sound Card: Asus Xonar DS 24-bit 192 KHz Sound Card ($57.98 @ Newegg)

Case: Cooler Master Storm Stryker (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($159.99 @ Amazon)

Power Supply: XFX 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($111.71 @ Amazon)

Optical Drive: Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1499.61

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September 13, 2012 8:27:34 AM

It's nice. Only one thing - you don't need 850W, consider something cheaper and saved money invest in faster memory, for example:

PC Power & Cooling 750W 80 PLUS Silver (if you can live without modular cables)
and
G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory (CAS 9)

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/hjRI

Edit:
I noticed that in your parts list here there is XFX750W, while on pcpartpicker link you provided there is 850W one.
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September 13, 2012 10:34:39 AM

get this

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/hk3Y

you dont need sound card.

the power supply i chose is a great deal given its fully modular and 80+ gold

you wont need the extra space provided by the stryker
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September 13, 2012 4:58:14 PM

Why dont i need a sound card?

I went with the 850w because it was actually cheaper on pcpartpicker then its 750 brother

is seagate better then western?
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September 13, 2012 5:23:01 PM

admiralahkbar said:
Why dont i need a sound card?

I went with the 850w because it was actually cheaper on pcpartpicker then its 750 brother

is seagate better then western?



If you want more options and don't mind a sound card taking up a pci slot, you could keep the sound card. Though for most people the integrated sound (Realtek ALC892) on your motherboard is good enough.

edit: the seagate hdd he suggested is cheaper - will save you money, though IICR the warranty isn't as good as WD's.
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September 13, 2012 5:24:14 PM

1: because there is intergrated sound
2:its better to just get the right amount of wattage rather than more
3: its faster but the drawback is that it has a 1 year warranty compared to 5 years.
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September 13, 2012 5:37:58 PM

I agree with TheBigTroll. You should always look for the amount you will need, not what is the best deal.
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September 13, 2012 5:39:30 PM

looks good but i can do a lot better:

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($215.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 612 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($33.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($119.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($82.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($88.98 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($98.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($279.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($279.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 500R White ATX Mid Tower Case ($101.93 @ Mac Connection)
Power Supply: XFX 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($111.71 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $1431.53
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September 13, 2012 5:40:47 PM

admiralahkbar said:
Why dont i need a sound card?

I went with the 850w because it was actually cheaper on pcpartpicker then its 750 brother

is seagate better then western?


You don't need the sound card because the integrated audio on your motherboard will handle those functions fine.

850W is overkill anymore with new GPUs using half the power of their predecessors.

All hard drives pretty much come off the same assembly line so take your pick.

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Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($82.99 @ Newegg)


You do know that 16GB of RAM isn't necessary on a gaming rig, right?

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($198.49 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($41.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F4 2TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($407.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Switch 810 (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($179.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($24.97 @ Newegg)
Total: $1483.37
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-13 13:40 EDT-0400)
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